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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Exclusive: Skills shortage leads Royal Navy to recruit overseas

HMS Queen ElizabethUnder new proposals, qualified engineers will be allowed to join the senior service directly at officer level for the first time in its history, leapfrogging junior ranks to secure higher salaries.

Once there, they are to be “incentivised” to stay on, with one-off bonuses worth thousands of pounds.

The Royal Navy is short of around 500 engineers and has launched the unprecedented move, codenamed Operation Faraday, to ensure it has the skilled manpower needed to operate its new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers by the time the first one is launched in 2020.

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